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December 26th, 2008

I can still smell the sake

The annual Boxing Day went pretty well, although I forgot to bring my list... it didn't matter much, because we didn't go to Borders, we don't shop at Suncoast anymore, and Best Buy didn't have any anime that I can't get back home... eventually, if not sooner. So all I got was Shugo Chara 5, which I knew I didn't already have. Pretty sure there was nothing else even questionable at Borders Express. I also got God of War: Chains of Olympus, season 2 of How I Met Your Mother (no sign of 1...), and a carrying case with car adapter, earbuds, and a protective plastic case for my PSP at Best Buy, the Dilbert calendar as my regular stocking stuffer calendar, and because I refused to pay for it, I got The Thing for the PS2 at Gamestop along with the Legend of Zelda Collector's Edition for the Gamecube and N+ for the PSP. Having seen the Spoony review, I've been curious about The Thing, and now that I know there's a PS2 version, I have to try it. The guy at the store said he liked it, and the manual makes it sound a bit more interesting than Spoony made it out to be, but then, if he did a rant with a positive spin, it wouldn't be much of a rant. Seems there are mixed feelings about it.

We had dinner at the hibachi at Ginza Steak... great food and a good show, although several members of our party suspected that the chef may have been a bit tipsy. He squirted sake in our mouths from a distance, but I really didn't want to swallow more than I had to. No ill effects from what I did get, but the counter got very, very wet (my napkin was soaked through, and nobody offered me a new one), and I didn't care much for the taste. It was okay, but nothing I'd ask for by name, and the aftertaste is kind of like shoe leather. Every time I have a brush with alcohol, it makes me wonder even more how everyone else can stand the stuff.

I watched bits and pieces of Wanted while bouncing back and forth between the living room and watching Brian play God of War... it looked good, but probably a bit of a disappointing ending. Should be no surprise, really. Then we watched Wall-E, and I caught almost all of it. Much better and less propagandized than I was led to believe. Sure, I caught it at the beginning, but if it hadn't been on my mind from other people mentioning it, I wouldn't have noticed it later. And the adventure aspects were pretty good, although I suspect something is wrong with the entire civilization if robots can spontaneously develop THAT much of a personality. Then again, toys don't move when our backs are turned and cars don't talk period. If I wanted true suspension of disbelief, I'd turn to nonfiction. *shudder*

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Yes, I'm THAT Nidoking. Sometimes I write fanfiction... often I waste all my time playing video games and watching anime. But it's not a waste if I enjoy it, right? I can quote from a movie, video game, anime series, or British comedy apropos of just about any situation, and one of my main goals in life is to entertain people. (The other big one is amassing as much anime and manga as I can... see below for a progress report.) That's me in a nutshell. ("Help! I'm trapped in a nutshell! What a bloody great nutshell this is!")
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